Mauritius

juin 6, 2014

Beginning of the week I lodged two complaints at the Data Protection Office. One regarding the Privacy Breach over the Feedback/Complaint form on the MNIC website (www.mnic.mu) and the second regarding a spreadsheet containing over 9,000 names & professional details of citizens operating in the Tourism industry, that was publicly viewable on a Government website.

Beginning of the week I lodged two complaints at the Data Protection Office. One regarding the Privacy Breach over the Feedback/Complaint form on the MNIC website (www.mnic.mu) and the second regarding a spreadsheet containing over 9,000 names & professional details of citizens operating in the Tourism industry, that was publicly viewable on a Government website. After 24 hours, while I still didn't receive any notification about the complaint status, I verified the links that were initially on the website. They were still there.

juin 6, 2014

My first world cup since I came back to Mauritius was the 1994 World Cup, which was a sort of non-event for me…Was it because my mind was mainly focused on the fact that months earlier, I had fulfilled my dreams since early childhood to become a barrister or was it that there was not much excitement in my own mind in the build up for the World Cup?

My first world cup since I came back to Mauritius was the 1994 World Cup, which was a sort of non-event for me…Was it because my mind was mainly focused on the fact that months earlier, I had fulfilled my dreams since early childhood to become a barrister or was it that there was not much excitement in my own mind in the build up for the World Cup? I was also fully aware that in the States football was not a popular game. So why play it there? The bottom line reasoning is that in the heads of the FIFA dictators it must have been about its commercial appeal.

juin 3, 2014

The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, since 1972.  It is the most important event organised by the United Nations to sensitize populations worldwide, about the necessity to protect the environment of our planet. The situation has been deteriorating, and is becoming dramatic for many regions, especially in the developing world – some countries will soon be wiped off the surface of the earth.

The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, since 1972.  It is the most important event organised by the United Nations to sensitize populations worldwide, about the necessity to protect the environment of our planet. The situation has been deteriorating, and is becoming dramatic for many regions, especially in the developing world – some countries will soon be wiped off the surface of the earth.

juin 2, 2014

The proposal of the Mauritian  Prime Minister made to his counterpart, the freshly elected Narendra Modi   for  an automatic exchange of information  mechanism and  the introduction of a limitation on benefits LOB article(anti-treaty-shopping article)  in the treaty between Mauritius and India  is without any doubt a shrewd move underpinning the  good faith of  Mauritius to sell itself as a clean jurisdiction. There remains nevertheless a wide gap between this expression of good faith and what is really taking place in practice.

The proposal of the Mauritian  Prime Minister made to his counterpart, the freshly elected Narendra Modi   for  an automatic exchange of information  mechanism and  the introduction of a limitation on benefits LOB article(anti-treaty-shopping article)  in the treaty between Mauritius and India  is without any doubt a shrewd move underpinning the  good faith of  Mauritius to sell itself as a clean jurisdiction. There remains nevertheless a wide gap between this expression of good faith and what is really taking place in practice.

mai 28, 2014

There is an eerie feeling in Mauritius these days. The political landscape is being redefined. The strangeness is familiar. We have witnessed it whenever a coalition dies or takes birth. This time is no different. The story is scripted but never ceases to amaze by its sheer ridicule. This is in line with the zeitgeist. Form takes precedence over substance. As evidenced by an unneeded PR system instead of the uprooting of financial masquerading in politics.

There is an eerie feeling in Mauritius these days. The political landscape is being redefined. The strangeness is familiar. We have witnessed it whenever a coalition dies or takes birth. This time is no different. The story is scripted but never ceases to amaze by its sheer ridicule. This is in line with the zeitgeist. Form takes precedence over substance. As evidenced by an unneeded PR system instead of the uprooting of financial masquerading in politics.

mai 27, 2014

How many Chagossians want to go back to their homeland? Do they want to go back for good or on temporary visits? What are their lifestyle expectations on the Chagos Islands? These are some of the questions Chagossians in Mauritius, Seychelles and the UK will have to answer to a group of KPMG consultants who will arrange meetings with them as from next month.

How many Chagossians want to go back to their homeland? Do they want to go back for good or on temporary visits? What are their lifestyle expectations on the Chagos Islands? These are some of the questions Chagossians in Mauritius, Seychelles and the UK will have to answer to a group of KPMG consultants who will arrange meetings with them as from next month.  

mai 27, 2014

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter. Energy efficiency, that is, getting more output with same energy input, spread along since then with world-wide technological evolution.

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter.

mai 26, 2014

According to Christopher Colombus, Papaya is “The Fruit of the Angels”. It is the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya. According to numerous researches, they came from Mexico and from there they have been disseminated round the world mainly in the Tropics by the great travellers of Western Centuries.

According to Christopher Colombus, Papaya is “The Fruit of the Angels”. It is the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya. According to numerous researches, they came from Mexico and from there they have been disseminated round the world mainly in the Tropics by the great travellers of Western Centuries.

mai 14, 2014

According to our law, a candidate member of a party or an alliance is limited to not spending more than Rs 150,000 in a general election. An independent candidate cannot spend more than Rs 250,000. In other local elections there are other limits on campaign expenditure. This amount appears to be largely insufficient and does not tally with today’s economic realities. The expenses incurred for an electoral campaign is for more than the amount prescribed. Exactly how is money spent during the electoral campaign by the big parties? Below we can see an illustration of some of the main expenses involved during the course of electoral campaigns.

According to our law, a candidate member of a party or an alliance is limited to not spending more than Rs 150,000 in a general election. An independent candidate cannot spend more than Rs 250,000. In other local elections there are other limits on campaign expenditure. This amount appears to be largely insufficient and does not tally with today’s economic realities. The expenses incurred for an electoral campaign is for more than the amount prescribed. Exactly how is money spent during the electoral campaign by the big parties?

mai 13, 2014

The political pot is back in ebullition and no doubt there are plenty of volunteers prepared to stoke the fire in the hope of cashing in, come general elections time. In Mauritius, you have two types of politicians, those with sound political ideologies and convictions, always willing to do the best for their country and those whose only objective is either to line their pockets or enjoy the tapestry that goes with power and at times both. Likewise with the political leaders, you have different types, five in all, which can be identified readily, there are those who are genuine and want at all times to improve the lot of the population at large.

The political pot is back in ebullition and no doubt there are plenty of volunteers prepared to stoke the fire in the hope of cashing in, come general elections time. In Mauritius, you have two types of politicians, those with sound political ideologies and convictions, always willing to do the best for their country and those whose only objective is either to line their pockets or enjoy the tapestry that goes with power and at times both.

mai 12, 2014

On 19 December 2013, the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See has published a major document entitled : Educating for intercultural dialogue in the Catholic school : living together for a civilization of love. Addressing the educational communities of the 57,700,000 catholic students in the world in 207670 schools, this 32-page document invited to promote dialogue between cultures and other religions in the catholic schools while reaffirming our Christian identity.

On 19 December 2013, the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Holy See has published a major document entitled : Educating for intercultural dialogue in the Catholic school : living together for a civilization of love. Addressing the educational communities of the 57,700,000 catholic students in the world in 207670 schools, this 32-page document invited to promote dialogue between cultures and other religions in the catholic schools while reaffirming our Christian identity.

mai 9, 2014

Given the raging chronic debate between Ministry of Finance (MOFED) and Bank of Mauritius (BOM) on monetary policy stance in particular REPO rate, it is imperative that we professionalise not only the debate on the direction and impact of REPO in the wake of the Monetary policy Committee decisions, but also ensure that all decisions are based on quality and accurate forecasts.

Given the raging chronic debate between Ministry of Finance (MOFED) and Bank of Mauritius (BOM) on monetary policy stance in particular REPO rate, it is imperative that we professionalise not only the debate on the direction and impact of REPO in the wake of the Monetary policy Committee decisions, but also ensure that all decisions are based on quality and accurate forecasts. The above table clearly indicates how inflation forecasts by Bank of Mauritius have been failing and on the higher side. For the last three years, we can see the marked difference between actual and forecast.

mai 4, 2014

C ’est à l’ancien vice-président de la République, un assidu des Christmas Carols au Bishop’s House à Phoenix, qu’est revenu l’honneur de procéder au lancement d’une nouvelle édition de “Diocese of Mauritius” dont la première édition a paru en 1973. L’auteur de cet ouvrage sur l’histoire de l’Eglise anglicane à Maurice est le regretté Ghislain Emmanuel, premier Mauricien à accéder à la dignité épiscopale au sein de cette église. La seconde édition qui comprend un addendumparaît sous le titre élaboré de “A history of the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius (1810-1973) by the Venerable Ghislain Emmanuel with an addendum(1973-2000)”, et complète l’oeuvre de l’ancien évêque de Maurice, écrite alors qu’il était archidiacre, en mettant en relief le développement dans le diocèse jusqu’à l’an 2000, termine en soulignant qu’en 2001 le Très Révérend Ian Ernest, évêque du diocèse Anglican de Maurice et archévêque de l’Eglise anglicane de l’océan Indien, a été confié la barre du navire. L’addendumest l’oeuvre d’un panel comprenant John Keung Yinko, Donald Runghen et Breejan Burrun.

C ’est à l’ancien vice-président de la République, un assidu des Christmas Carols au Bishop’s House à Phoenix, qu’est revenu l’honneur de procéder au lancement d’une nouvelle édition de “Diocese of Mauritius” dont la première édition a paru en 1973.

mai 4, 2014

Les délibérations de la Permanent Court of Arbitration sous la Convention des Nations unies sur les Droits de la Mer au sujet de la contestation de Maurice contre le projet Marine Protected Area (MPA) dans l’archipel des Chagos tirent à sa fin. La partie mauricienne et la Grande-Bretagne ont déjà bouclé la présentation de leurs points de vue au sujet de ce litige devant la Cour Permanente d’Arbitrage présidée par le Pr Ivan Shearer, dont le verdict devrait avoir des conséquences majeures sur l’avenir des Chagos. Dès demain matin et ce, pendant deux jours, Maurice devra utiliser ses dernières cartouches face aux Anglais au stade des plaidoiries avec la fin des travaux annoncée pour vendredi. Ensuite, il faudra attendre la publication du jugement. Néanmoins, à ce stade, les deux pays ont pris la décision de rendre publics tous les documents déposés devant cette instance des Nations unies, soit six volumes au total, représentant plus d’un millier de pages agrémentées d’extraits de correspondances officielles jusqu’ici secrètes portant sur la période cruciale menant à l’indépendance. Des dossiers passionnants qui devraient intéresser plus d’un de par la lumière qu’ils projettent sur cette étape phare de l’Histoire de Maurice.

Les délibérations de la Permanent Court of Arbitration sous la Convention des Nations unies sur les Droits de la Mer au sujet de la contestation de Maurice contre le projet Marine Protected Area (MPA) dans l’archipel des Chagos tirent à sa fin.

mai 3, 2014

This year is an important milestone in the annals of Indian Music and Dance.  Fifty years ago, in 1964, to be precise Indian Classical Music and Dance was introduced in Mauritius thanks to an agreement between the Government of India and that of Mauritius.

This year is an important milestone in the annals of Indian Music and Dance.  Fifty years ago, in 1964, to be precise Indian Classical Music and Dance was introduced in Mauritius thanks to an agreement between the Government of India and that of Mauritius.  

mai 2, 2014

Market failures do not necessarily justify government interventions. The free market and governments can both be inefficient in a number of areas that have to do with the welfare of the people. In fact, government failures in certain areas could be more damaging in many respects. The case for government intervention versus the free market therefore must be made on the basis of which of the two has a comparative advantage in which area.

Market failures do not necessarily justify government interventions. The free market and governments can both be inefficient in a number of areas that have to do with the welfare of the people. In fact, government failures in certain areas could be more damaging in many respects. The case for government intervention versus the free market therefore must be made on the basis of which of the two has a comparative advantage in which area.
What are the characteristics that make the government special?

April 22, 2014

Enayet Hossen Edun, a veteran of Urdu literature in Mauritius, has added a new title to his series of publications by publishing a new book “Chota Bangla Nahin Balke Ek …..”.  His book is a compilation of ten short stories that reflect the ground realities of life in Mauritius and highlight the folkways, traditions and social evolution that has characterized the Mauritian society over the last six decades which the author has personally witnessed.

Enayet Hossen Edun, a veteran of Urdu literature in Mauritius, has added a new title to his series of publications by publishing a new book “Chota Bangla Nahin Balke Ek …..”.  His book is a compilation of ten short stories that reflect the ground realities of life in Mauritius and highlight the folkways, traditions and social evolution that has characterized the Mauritian society over the last six decades which the author has personally witnessed.

April 20, 2014

In the wake of the recognition of academic programmes offered by various tertiary institutions in Mauritius, a lot has been said on the subject of accreditation. Those who are conversant with the subject matter will agree with me that only half of the truth has been exposed. The main issue has in fact never been put forward, I suppose not to create further embarrassments to our institutions. The intention of this article is to shed light on the main issue with the hope that the public will be enlightened and the authorities will do something about it. Coming from and engineering background I will use engineering programmes as an example for illustration, but I suppose same will apply to all academic programmes leading to professional qualifications viz LLBs, MBBS, etc...

In the wake of the recognition of academic programmes offered by various tertiary institutions in Mauritius, a lot has been said on the subject of accreditation. Those who are conversant with the subject matter will agree with me that only half of the truth has been exposed. The main issue has in fact never been put forward, I suppose not to create further embarrassments to our institutions. The intention of this article is to shed light on the main issue with the hope that the public will be enlightened and the authorities will do something about it.

April 16, 2014

To all Tamizhens,
We wish you a Happy New Year.
Let us all seize this opportunity to think about our culture and tradition and how wasteful it is to organise a rally from Plaza to the North on the occasion of the Tamil New Year.

To all Tamizhens,
We wish you a Happy New Year.

April 13, 2014

A newly-released White Paper published by a maritime firm in the U.K. says that a shift in U.S. policy will likely lead to a resurgence of piracy East of the Suez and in the Indian Ocean within the next 18 months.

A newly-released White Paper published by a maritime firm in the U.K. says that a shift in U.S. policy will likely lead to a resurgence of piracy East of the Suez and in the Indian Ocean within the next 18 months.

April 10, 2014

No need to be prescient to figure out the obvious. Nor the need to resort to ‘longanistes’ to know that things happen at an alarmingly slow pace here.  Slow internet connection. Getting a job. Tablets which are struggling to take off in secondary schools.  Endless bureaucracy.  Long queues. Tedious traffic jams. Investigations which go on forever, especially those which concern political figures and/or their near and dear ones.

No need to be prescient to figure out the obvious. Nor the need to resort to ‘longanistes’ to know that things happen at an alarmingly slow pace here.  Slow internet connection. Getting a job. Tablets which are struggling to take off in secondary schools.  Endless bureaucracy.  Long queues. Tedious traffic jams. Investigations which go on forever, especially those which concern political figures and/or their near and dear ones.

April 9, 2014

The White Paper which took a year to produce consists of 74 pages of which only 7 pages actually deal with proposals to modernise the electoral system in Mauritius. The rest of the report could have been easily summarised in a few pages. I wonder what the rationale was to beef up the report to so many pages. But what I wonder more about is the timing of the publication and release of the report. What is the hidden agenda?

The White Paper which took a year to produce consists of 74 pages of which only 7 pages actually deal with proposals to modernise the electoral system in Mauritius. The rest of the report could have been easily summarised in a few pages. I wonder what the rationale was to beef up the report to so many pages. But what I wonder more about is the timing of the publication and release of the report. What is the hidden agenda?

April 4, 2014

What is a Welfare State?
Readers would find it intolerably pedantic if they were walked through certain areas of welfare economics and through the philosophical essence of such an elastic concept as 'welfare' is. It's a concept that is intensely discussed in economic philosophy for every economic policy objective - monetary or fiscal - is intended to ultimately improve the economic well-being of the people.

What is a Welfare State?

April 2, 2014

The ESU,  that is the English Speaking Union, Mauritius Branch, based at Port Louis is doing its utmost towards promoting the English Language in our country. Apart from the various ongoing activities it caters for, namely The Bee Spelling Competition, The Commonwealth Essay competition, the Online Certificate courses for English teachers in collaboration with American universities, The Annual  Summer  course at The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the heart of London or at Stratford Upon Avon, where Mauritius is represented by an English teacher, the Public Speaking competition is and remains one of its topmost achievements as far as the betterment of the English Language in Mauritius is concerned.

The ESU,  that is the English Speaking Union, Mauritius Branch, based at Port Louis is doing its utmost towards promoting the English Language in our country.